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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
18 Applying Lean Manufacturing in a Process Industry Company Lean is an improvement approach born in discrete manufacturing with an emphasis in eliminating waste and improving material flows with the goal of continuous flow. It is a systems approach to improvement that involves culture change for most enterprises. With limited resources, it may have to compete with other approaches. In this presentation, we describe how lean is compatible with other improvement methods and tools and can significantly and continuously improve any process. Cris Leyson, DuPont Packaging Graphics Lean Manufacturing: Cost Savings from Automation in the Plateroom The plate mounting department is home to many process steps each requiring a lot of craft-based manual work. Labor and plate wastage can be impressively reduced by simplifying the workflow through the use of clever digital tools such as: non-printing registration marks, ID of plate separations on each plate and cutting complex plate shapes to assist in the mounting process. Ian Hole, EskoArtwork New Flexo Technology Targets Lean Converting New flexo presses embrace the latest Lean principles. This presentation will review the keys to Lean and how to drive increased “value” to your customers, which results in improved efficiencies and increased profits. Keys to Lean Converting, specifically with press technology will be covered, including: eliminating waste; slashing cycle and/or lead times; increasing quality; and improving productivity. Mary Sullivan, Mark Andy, Inc. OperatiOnal excellence thrOugh lean thinking & applicatiOns sessiOn FORUM WORKBOOK monday,may2